Jack grew up enjoying the rugged wilderness of eastern Iowa with the Boy Scouts, learning to climb and backpack. It was in college that his passion for climbing and all things outdoors were taken to new heights through the outdoor recreation program. After his freshman year he discovered Alaska and the profession of guiding as a sea kayak guide during the summer. After that it was all uphill from there because soon after graduating, he moved full time to Alaska and began mountain guiding. He appreciates all types of climbing but has a real passion for climbs with long approaches, significant amounts of bush whacking and unknown rewards at the end.
Jack currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, where he climbs crumbly rock, cold ice, snowy mountains and backcountry skis as many days as possible.
- 35+ summits of Mt. Rainier (14,110') via five different routes
- Denali (20,310') Expedition
- Aconcagua, Argentina (22,383')
- Mt. Shuksan (9,131')
- Mt. Baker (10,781')
- Mt. St. Helens (8,363')
- Mt. Adams (12,281')
- Mt. Hood (11,249')
- Various ski descents rock climbs, and ice routes in Alaska and the Lower 48
- Wilderness First Responder
- AIARE Avalanche Rescue
- AIARE Avalanche Level II
- Leave No Trace Trainer